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September 24th is National Punctuation Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then pay attention to your writing because it's National Punctuation Day!  That's right; it's time to flex that brain!  So let's get right into celebrating National Punctuation Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Well, because people are slacking just a bit on their punctuation, especially online. I mean, think about all the different times that you're chatting with people online or leaving comments... do you make sure that you're properly punctuating every sentence? Probably not! I know I don't. So today is a day for people to brush up on punctuation so that they can be sure, if they ever do want to write something worth reading, that it's not riddled with errors.  This holiday was set up by Jeff Rubin, who is all about writing newsletters, because he felt the need to keep others in check with their writing too. I mean, he teaches writing, he goes around speaking about writing and now he has his own holiday for the perfection of writing and he's sharing it with all of you.

But when you think about punctuation, the first things that probably come to mind are those weird characters we put at the end of our sentences. You know, things like the period, exclamation point and question mark. But we also often use commas, quotation marks, hyphens, dashes and parentheses. And that's not even all the aspects of punctuation! You've still got colons, semicolons, apostrophes, brackets and the good old ellipsis.  So be sure to brush up on all areas!  

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, why don't you sit down and write something out? You could type it up but you word processor software may attempt to correct your errors for you. So break out a piece of paper and write about anything you want. Check things over a few times and then go online and read up on the punctuation that you used in what you wrote. Double-check to see if you actually did use the correct punctuation or if there are some areas where you need a little work. Now is the time where you can type it up in your word processor; it will let you know right away if anything is incorrect.  But you don't have to do this exercise alone! In fact, you can make a little competition out of it. Have someone write down a bunch of run-on sentences, without any punctuation added. Then all of you sit down and try to punctuate it how you think it should be. Then have someone check to see who edited the sentences most correctly. The winner will have to get some kind of awesome prize, of course!  You could also play a little game and go around your town to see if businesses are using correct punctuation on their signs and other literature. Go around with friends and snap some pictures of any errors you find and maybe even tell the business owner so that they can fix it and come off as a more intelligent place of business. Just try not to be too rude when correcting people or they might throw a bunch of exclamation points at you!  Have a great day and feel free to proofread this article; there are probably some errors hidden above!





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